When winter approaches, people always prepare themselves for the snow and cold weather by getting out their bulky coats, sweaters, and shoes that will keep them warm and protect them from the cold. But you and your family aren’t the only ones who need to be prepped for winter. You need to prepare your home, too. The cold weather and the snow and ice that come with it can put great stress on your home. If you don’t properly prepare your home to handle the winter weather, you could experience property damage or pay extra to heat your home if it is not being heated efficiently.
Every homeowner should make sure that their home is winterized so that it is ready to handle the cold, snowy weather of the season. From making sure your home is properly and effectively heated to preventing burst pipes, you can refer to the following tips when winterizing your home this season.
Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned and Furnace Inspected
Ideally, you want to have your home’s air ducts cleaned and furnace inspected before the cold weather hits. This allows time for any repairs or replacements to be made before you begin to frequently heat your home. Plus, cleaning and inspections ensure that the air ducts and furnace are effective and run efficiently when needed which helps prevent breakdowns save you money on your heating costs.
It’s additionally important to replace your furnace’s air filters on a regular basis so that it can capture dirt and other debris, giving your home clean air. The cold weather already makes it easier to get sick, so you want to limit the potential for illness as much as possible.
Weatherstrip Your Home
Check for cracks near your home’s windows, doors, corners, and chimney. Even if there isn’t any damage, cold air may seep in from outside in the spaces in doorways and windows. If you have this problem, seal the openings with caulk to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. You don’t want to be spending money heating your home only for that warmth to be escaping outdoors.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan Rotation
If you have ceiling fans, then you can help heat your home further by reversing the blades’ rotation. When you reverse the rotation of a ceiling fan to run clockwise, the fan pushes the heated air downward and circulates it throughout room.
Prepare Your Landscape and Yard
Check the trees in your yard and see if the branches are too long and come into contact with your home or electrical wires. If they do, trim them so they don’t pose a threat to your home or the electrical wires. Winter storms with ice, snow, and strong winds can break them off and knock them into whatever is near them.
In addition, take your more sensitive plants inside to protect them from the cold.
Insulate Your Home and Its Pipes
If your home doesn’t have the ideal 12 inches of insulation, consider adding more to keep your home warm and efficiently heated. It’s also essential to insulate the water pipes in your home to prevent them from freezing up, bursting, and then causing water damage.
When it’s cold enough, water inside the pipes will freeze and expand, applying pressure on the frozen pipes from within which causes them to burst. The water that spills out will spread and cause damage to your home and personal belongings. The repairs for water damage can be costly, so it’s smart to spend money on pipe insulation now to prevent them from bursting, saving you money in the long run. You can get pipe-wrap insulation and tubular sleeve insulation made from different materials and they are very easy to install.
As the winter approaches, winterizing your home is an important task to take. You can help improve and maintain the efficiency of your heating system and prevent damage from winter storms and frozen pipes. If you do have a burst pipe in your home due to cold temperatures, you should act immediately to prevent the water damage from becoming worse. With time, water damage can lead to mold growth and structural issues, so it’s important to get help right away.
At ServiceMaster Professional Services, we can help homes and businesses that have experienced a burst pipe with our water damage restoration services. Through these services, we will inspect your property and the extent of the damage, extract the water to prevent further harm, and thoroughly clean and dry your home. We can also help homes and buildings that have been damaged by a winter storm with our storm damage restoration services. Our professionals will handle everything from the initial stabilization to the reconstruction of your property to get it back to its normal condition after a storm.